ASU brings #MeToo movement to campus
The Rape Abuse and Incest National Network reports one out of six women are a victim of sexual assault. On average 321,000 people are raped or assaulted every year in the United States.
Albany State University students are working to bring an end to these crimes by joining the #MeToo movement.
"It kind of hits home for me," Samantha Jones, sophomore, said. "I came to be a part of this big movement, and show my support for the young men and women in there."
Samantha Jones is one of many joining the #MeToo movement to put an end to sexual assault.
"I am a victim of sexual violence, so I came here as a part of a healing process for myself," Jones said. "I also know for a fact that I’m not alone in this."
ASU’s History and Political Science Club hosted a #MeToo forum to talk more about it.
"A lot of us don't know that it happens right under our noses," Jones said. "Once people come and be educated, maybe they can change their actions."
The organization says it's important that students are talking about how serious sexual assault is because change is needed in today's culture."
"We're trying to change how women are represented, and level of respect women have in professional fields," Kiana Jackson, event organizer, said.
According to Jackson, talking about this in college helps prepare students for life after graduation.
"When we get into these [professional] fields, we don't want to have to go through these same things again," Jackson said.
Education is not just for women, but for men too.
"Growing up, we didn't think about those things," Anthony Mackey, senior, said. "Now that it's out in the forefront, it causes us as men, and future husbands, to know the importance of being harassed from a man and woman's side."
You can join the #MeToo movement and get more education on sexual assault by visiting their website at www.metoomvmt.org.